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Of course Holland has more typically Dutch things
than Tulips, Holland
and the water, Wooden shoes and Mills.
Those typically Dutch things are standing on this page (we could
have forgotten some of course).
Cows don't come from Holland original. So from
this respect cows aren't Dutch. But if a forreign visitor has
been in Holland, he has seen lots of cows.
That means cows determine the landscape of Holland.
Most of the time it is the wellknown black/white cow, but you can also see the brown cow in lots of grazing-lands which are through whole Holland.
Cheese is made of milk (the milk just becomes
clotted with of course some other matters in it), mostly the milk
of a cow. But in Holland you can also see at farms a board on
which is standing "Goat cheese for sale".
A well known cheesemarket is the cheesemarket in Alkmaar
When we say Delfts blue we mean a pottery plate
(or something else), which is painted with the colors blue, white
and brown (in Delft -a place in Holland-). A lot of times there
are painted some farmers, who depict an old trade (not always of
Almost everybody who has once been in Delft, has a plate hanging on the wall. Also, at other places in Holland you can buy the Delfts blue works of art, where they are used like a souvenir too.
Currently there isn't made as much Delfts blue works of art (by hand) as there were made in the past.
A Delfts blue vase.
Hotchpotch and pea-soup are typicall Dutch foods.
Pea-soup is a thick full soup, with bacon, (smoked)beef, onions, peas, and further what you like. Pea-soup is delicious when it is winter, for example after some skating.
Hotchpotch is a mixture of boiled potatoes with vegetables through it and a smoked beef and/or bacon with it.
Those vegetables can be:
Hotchpotch curled kale
And there are probablly a lot of other variations as well.
If you want to know the recepts of this food, mail to one of us:
Everyone in Holland knows the holy man
"Sinterklaas" is the same as Santa Claus in the rest of the world. The "Sint" (a short name) has "Pieten" (dark people from Spain (just like the reindeers of Santa Claus), they help the holy man to deliver the presents on the public holiday on 5 December.
The children put a shoe at the fireplace with something nice in it for the horse of "Sinterklaas", Amerigo, and when the kids wake up the next morning there is a present in their shoe (which came through the smoke-stack). But this only happens when they were good kids, otherwise they get a little bag of salt. (This all is just like Santa Claus played). actually the presents come from mum and dad, Saint-Nicolas is a man in a red coat dressed up with a "mijter" (a large hat a bit like a diamond, a long white beard and a "staf" (it looks like a long cane -about 2 meters-) in his hand.